You and Zico got off at a random city. The two of you came to an empty park. You sank onto the bench, “I need to sit for a while.”
Zico would never admit but he was weary also. He sat down next to you and touched his sore legs. *. I’ve never run like that my entire life.* Zico looked at you massaging your own legs. His expression softened *But then again, she probably ran like this her entire life.* “So are you going to tell me now?”
“Hmm?” You looked up.
“You promised to tell me why they’re after you, remember?” Zico reminded.
“Oh.” You became quiet.
“Yeah. Oh. So what’s the deal?” He turned to you. You didn’t start speaking right away. “Come on.” Zico lightly poked you, “You promised. I want to know why I saved your tonight.”
“Araso, I’ll tell you.” You took a deep breath, “I’m in debt.”
“Muh?” He blinked.
“Well, to put it more correctly…my father is in debt.” You began your story from your first runaway when you were 7 until this very moment when you are 17. “And to this day, after 10 years, they keep hunting me and my family down.” You shrugged casually but tears were welling up in your eyes.
Zico was stunned. You didn’t seem like someone who had such a difficult life. You were always so strong and bright. *Damn those ers. Why can’t they just leave her alone?*
A tear fell down your cheek.
Zico softened. He reached out and gently d your tear away. “I’m sorry. I can’t imagine how that would be. I’ve had a hard life, too, but it’s nothing compared to you. You must have been traumatized.”
You sniffled and wiped your tears away, “It’s okay. My brothers were with me through it all. I’d rather go through all this crap with them than not have brothers like them at all. They’re my everything.” You smiled. He smiled back *At least you have family. I have no one but my friends and now you.*
You checked the time and gasped, “I’m late! I told my brothers I would meet up with them at 11 at Gangnam Bridge!” “I’ll take you there. It’s not safe for you to go anywhere alone.” Zico said.
The two of you took a bus. You led the way to your hideout. Your brothers were all there already.
“~~~~~~~~~~~~~~!” Daesung blurted.
Seunghyun ran over. He caught you in a tight embrace and sighed in relief, “You’re all right. I was so worried about you.” You squeezed his waist, “I’m okay, oppa.”
“What the HELL is HE doing here?!” Jiyong snarled.
*Uh-oh!* You had forgotten that Zico was here. “You bastard! Did you stalk her all the way here?!” Jiyong stormed towards him. You came between them with your arms protectively stretched out.
“Move!” He snapped.
“No.” You boldly said.
“Kim ~~~~~~~~~~!” Jiyong barked.
“I won’t let you hit him. He saved my life.” You stated.
“Saved your life? How?” Daesung asked, confused.
You explained what had happened. Your brothers gaped at you, shocked. “So you see? Without his help, I wouldn’t have made it out.” They stared at Zico.
Jiyong yanked you towards him, “I don’t care. I still don’t trust him!” He glared at Zico, “Did you forget? He made you cry before.”
Zico sighed, “Look, back then-“
“Shut your mouth.” Jiyong punched him.
“Oppa!” You shrieked. Zico wiped the blood off his lips. Yet, he didn’t fight back.
“We’re going home.” Jiyong pulled you away. You helplessly glanced back at Zico. Your brothers warily glanced at him and followed Jiyong.
Seunghyun paused and looked back, “Hey.” Zico looked up.
“…Thanks.” Seunghyun left. *At least she has one nice brother.* Zico the blood off his lip.
You and your brothers arrived at home. “Oppa, what was that for? You didn’t have to punch him. Now I feel bad.” You pouted. “I wanted to do more than punch him, believe me.” Jiyong muttered. You sighed, “He saved me.”
“What’s your true motive for defending him?” Taeyang leaned against the wall. 5 pairs of eyes probed your mind. You gulped and looked away as your face reddened.
“Her face is turning red!” Daesung accused. *Darn him for being so observant.*
“...Are you…dating him?” Seunghyun carefully asked. Daesung gasped. Jiyong gaped at you. Taeyang glanced between you and Seunghyun.
“Uh-oh…” Seungri said. They had never imagined their little sister having another guy in her life besides them.
“NO!” You blurted. They all sighed in relief.
“But…we are friends.” You admitted.
Seunghyun sighed, “I guess that’s good. He knows our situation so he’ll be able to protect you, right?” You eagerly nodded.
“You must be tired. Go up and rest.”
*Finally!* You skipped up to your bedroom. You took a nice, long shower and wore your pajamas. You lay in bed and thought of the day’s events. You remembered Zico’s lips brushing against your skin and blushed madly. *Seriously, what’s wrong with me lately?*